Student tips for self-isolating

Whether you’re at home with your folks or have opted to stick at your student accommodation, the new measures introduced for the nationwide lockdown can be hard to manage. What kind of outdoor exercise is allowed? Do pot noodles constitute essential food?

As always, we’re here to help you through the tricky bits. Although our offices are closed, you can always give us a bell, or chat to us via email. In the meantime, have a gander at our top tips for self isolating if you’re a student.

Tip #1: Be social (no, really)

OKAY… although meeting in person is strictly verboten, there are other ways to keep in touch with your friends and family over the next few weeks. Social media is your friend here. Whether it’s adding yet-another-group to your WhatsApp or posting an encouraging thumbs up or comment to your friends Facebook updates, talking can only ever be a good thing in this situation.

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Tip #2: Be kind

If you’re self-isolating with your housemates, there may be times when you feel like your temper is going to blow over who’s turn it is to buy milk (or, let’s face it, chocolate). At times like these, channel your inner Dalai Lama and remember to be kind. Things aren’t perfect right now – far from it, in fact – but you’ll cope much better if you remember that a bit of kindness will go a long way.

While we’re on the topic, remember to check in (virtually, of course) with some of the quieter students on your course. Maybe they’re a long way from home and are feeling more isolated than is strictly necessary during self-isolation. A message every now and again would go a long way to helping them feel that they’re not alone in this.

Tip #3: Be proactive

How many times have you wanted to learn a new language, or read that 1,200 page Tolstoy if-you-only-had-the-time? Well, now you have tonnes of the stuff! If anything, this period of isolation is an opportunity to expand your skill set and make you an altogether more interesting person. It wouldn’t hurt that additional skills section of your CV either.

Tip #4: Be organised

For any university course, an organised student stands a better chance at securing a great qualification. Take this time to organise your ringbinder and Google docs. Find the library’s e-books for the recommended reading in your modules and start working your way through them, especially those which will help with any upcoming assignments.

If you’re up to date with uni work, spend some time researching where to live next term. Your first port of call can be this very website. Student Places has some great guides to living in St Dunstan’s and Wincheap.

Tip #5: Be healthy

There’s never been a better time to adopt a healthier lifestyle. We don’t want to sound like your mum here but remember to eat plenty of greens and colorful veggies, and use your outdoor exercise time for, well, exercise. Whether it’s a brisk walk up the hill or a run around your local park, keep your body moving. It’s good for your body, your sleep and your overall happiness.

Tip #6: Be clean

It stands to reason that you should keep your hands as clean as possible, but don’t neglect the rest of your body. Think long baths and hot showers with your favourite lush-smelling soaps.

Since you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors, take house cleaning to the next level and really keep on top of the hoovering and laundry. We’re all a little foggy on just how long the virus stays on clothing and surfaces so, as a rule, wipe down bathroom and kitchen surfaces with anti-viral cleaning solution , and keep your clothes and bedding freshly laundered.

If you’ve any questions about how coronavirus will affect your tenancy, get in touch today.

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